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English Honor Box
Tobacco Vending Machine

circa 1750 - 1825, the first commercially successful vendor, first used in English taverns. Some of them made their way to the American colonies. Relatively rare

You insert an English half penny or any other coin, then push the plunger and the lid opens.

The customer was then on his honor to only take a certain amount of product and to close the lid when done.

The vendor had a handle so it could be passed around. The vendor got the name Honor Box because patron's were "honor-bound" to close the lid and thereby relatch it as he pased it on to the next patrol.

Made of brass, Very good original condition, fully working, Comes with a few English half pennies, but quarters and nickels work as well

Dimensions: 5: wide, 9" long, 7" high.

Price: $495 plus $29 shipping ($39 shipping to west of Denver)
SALE - $395 plus shipping

To Order go to SECURE ORDER FORM or call 202-213-1585 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast Time)
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Sale - $395

Sale - $395



Penny Dispenser

Dispenses 5 pennies in your hand
Tilt down the bottom lever with your thumb

Holds 250 pennies

Works nicely

A few minor scratches on base

Dimensions: 4"wide, 4 1/2" deep, 18 3/4" tall

Price: $795

Shipping is $39 ($49 west of Denver)

We also accept PAYPAL
Submit Secure Order Form with request to pay via PAYPAL



call 202-213-1585 (10 am - 9 pm East Coast Time)






Special Offer
Table Top Erie Digger
with Desirable Skill Knobs
and Shipping Crate that can serve as a Stand

Beautiful over-restored condition, just like the vintage 1931 diggers.

The mechanical/electrical mechanism of this Erie Digger ‘Electramatic’ model features a new motor, switches, wiring, chains, and parts.

The digger displays and plays wonderfully! It is guaranteed for life 100% for parts and labor.

Available with a red or green enamel case with polished and plated trim

It also features a desirable “Skill Knob” feature: Twist the dial to position the claw In-and-Out.

The larger turning handle locates the claw position Left-to-Right.

These combined positioning controls result in much more player control and satisfaction than the standard Erie Digger.

The coin slide is the correct 3- bolt, 10c ABT, for a dime play, which was the standard in the 1930s-50s era.

The coin slide can be upgraded to 25c play for commercial use before shipping for a modest additional service charge.

The merchandise in the digger is not included, but assortments are available for a small additional cost.

The special replica shipping crate shown in the photos can also serve as a stand.

Dimensions: 22" x 25" x 76" high including stand and header signs. Digger by itself is 23.5" x 19' x 34" high.

Shipping weight is 148 lbs which includes a disposable pallet.

Available in British Green with lacquered Birch trim, Red or Black

Price Reduced: $1595 plus shipping

Shipping costs range from:
--Delivery to a business address in mainland USA: $145
--Delivery to the trucking company terminal for you to pick-up: $160
--Delivery to most residential addresses in the mainland USA: $275 - $325

For more information send e-mail
along with your location and time phone number
or call Ken on 202-213-1585 (10 am - 9 pm east coast time)

British Green with lacquered Birch trim
Price Reduced - $1595

Red - SALE - $1595



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Vending machines were widely used in Europe before they became popular in the United States. The first commercial coin operated post card vendor was introduced in London in the early 1880s.

In 1888, the Thomas Adams Gum Co. was the first company to introduce vending machines in America. Thomas Adams installed vending machines on elevated subway platforms in New York City to sell his Tutti-Fruiti gum. In 1897, the Pulver Manufacturing Company added animated figures to its gum machines as a way to attract patrons. The familiar round candy coated gumball that is so popular today was only introduced in 1907.

Vending machines became so popular in the United States that virtually everything was soon offered from a vending machine: cigars, postcards, stamps, etc. The first completely coin operated restaurant was opened in Philadelphia in 1902. It was called Horn & Hardart and was a popular institution until the 1960s when the fast food craze finally put them out of business.

Additional information on gumball, peanut and other vending machines can be found in Silent Salesmen Too by Bill Enes. These books are available from the -GameRoomAntiques Bookstore.

Copyright: 1996 Ken Durham





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